Time trial racers putting lives in danger

AN ALARMED driver has said it s only a matter of time before someone is killed on a stretch of road which is being treated like a race track . The Stevenage resident, who did not want to be named, said that for weeks about 30 cars have gathered on Gunnel

AN ALARMED driver has said it's only a matter of time before someone is killed on a stretch of road which is being "treated like a race track".

The Stevenage resident, who did not want to be named, said that for weeks about 30 cars have gathered on Gunnels Wood Road in Stevenage every Thursday evening to race each other.

He said the stretch of road between GlaxoSmithKline and Six Hills Way is "so dangerous" between 10pm and 11.30pm.

"At this time it is treated like a race track," he said.


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"There are about 30 cars doing time trials. It's so crazy and so dangerous.

"There will be a bad accident up there one day and someone will be killed."

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He is particularly concerned because his wife uses the road every Thursday to collect their daughter from her workplace on Stevenage Leisure Park.

"What if she loses her concentration one day? It could be horrendous," he said.

The concerned father said he recently collected his daughter from work and witnessed motorbikes travelling at about 70mph.

"Why don't the police have a speed gun up there?" he asked. "The police have been told but appear to be doing nothing about it."

Herts Police have said they are aware of the problem and in the last two months have issued four Section 59 orders after people were caught driving in an anti-social manner.

"They are quite high-powered cars," a police spokesman explained, "and they had been revving their engines.

"A Section 59 order means that if they are caught driving in an anti-social manner within a year they will have their cars taken off them."

The spokesman said the Stevenage Neighbourhood Team officers are involved in "ongoing operations" and are "dealing with the issues".

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